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Gowda bags gold in Jamaican International meet

May 10, 2015 17:29 IST

Vikas Gowda

Vikas Gowda in action. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Ace Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda continued with his fine form as he came up with an effort of 65.14m to win his event in the Jamaican International Invitation meet in Kingston on Sunday.

Gowda, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and silver winner in 2014 Asian Games, has thrown the discus over 65m three times in the last three weeks.

The 31-year-old national record holder first came up with a throw of 65.25m at Chula Vista on April 24 to qualify for World Championships in Beijing in August before hurling the discus to 65.75m at San Diego two days later.

In Kingston, Chad Wright of Jamaica was second with a throw of 61.84m while Jared Schuurmans of United States was third with an effort of 61.62m.

The United States-based Indian is yet to qualify for next year's Rio Olympics for which he need to cross the qualifying standard of 66m. His national record stands at 66.28m.

Kamalpreet wins hammer throw event in United States

National record holder Kamalpreet Singh won the men's hammer throw event with 69.61m at the Sacramento State Open in United States.

Kamalpreet, representing as an unattached athlete, came up his best throw of 69.61m in his sixth and last attempt at the Hornet Stadium at Sacramento, California last night.

On March 21, Kamalpreet had improved his own national record to 70.38m at an invitational event at the same venue.

The 27-year-old Punjab thrower had registered 70.37m at Tucson (Arizona) in the USA last year which was the national record till then.

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